Yu Minhong: Rags-to-riches education guru
China · Feb 26, 2019· By Wang Zeyu
When the New Oriental founder was working in the rice paddies as a teenager, it never occurred to him that he would become the richest teacher in China one day
In 2008, Yu Minhong, founder and chairman of the US-listed New Oriental Education & Technology Group, was invited to his alma mater and former employer Peking University to deliver the commencement speech. In 1991, he had resigned from the university in disgrace. His return was triumphant.
“Only two animals can reach the top. One is the eagle, who flies to the top by talent, and the other is the snail, who climbs to the top through perseverance. I have always considered myself a snail, slowly climbing but never stopping. It’s the non-stop climbing that makes my life meaningful,” said Yu. His speech was frequently interrupted by roars of laughter and applause.
The child of a peasant farmer, Yu has changed the lives of tens of millions of Chinese students both as a mentor and an educator. A passionate, inspiring and humorous speaker, he enjoys motivating young people to work hard through stories.
Edited by Wendy Lovinger and Wang Xiao'e
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